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Slovak communication style

Slovak communication style is direct but people take care to inform about negative fact in a diplomatic, subtle way. Talking about mistakes or failures they try to wrap them up not to make their communication partner guilty for them.

Once people know each better or they are friends, their communication is more direct and people are more willing to speak frankly. The feeling of being friends assures them of partner’s support and understanding they can be given when project or delivery failed.

The Slovaks sometimes hesitate to say directly “No” and hide it behind the phrases such as “I’m not sure.” or “It will be difficult.”

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